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Woodchester Mansion
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Owner description: Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold Valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world. This unique Grade 1 Listed Building has been saved from dereliction but it will never be completed, enabling visitors to view the secret building techniques of medieval Gothic builders. Special events are held throughout the year, but do check our open days and times before visiting.
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

What a hidden gem this is. We visited on a wet bank holiday Saturday when it was very quiet. Perfect timing for us. All the volunteers from the mini bus driver to the guide were wonderful - so welcoming and knowledgable. The tour of this fascinating and unique house was absolutely fantastic. The park around the house is also beautiful and we loved the bats too.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Marionss
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“A sppoky delight”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Long walk down the hill (transport available) but worth it. This house is amazing, and the history goes back many years. Well worth a visit. They do ghost nights too.... not for me, I'm too scared

Visited February 2014
Thank Joanne W
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Trip to the never finished Building”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We had a nice visit to Woodchester. It is very popular with dog owners. There were dogs galore. We used the bus to and from the house because I couldn't do a lot of walking. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and build of the house. Nice tea shop and so well supported by volunteers.

Visited May 2014
Thank gilliejelly
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Evesham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Gothic Building”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Set in a lovely valley in Gloucestershire, Woodchester Mansion is a beautiful piece of Gothic architecture. Unfinished yet full of mystery as to why/why not and really happened here.
One thing for sure, is that someone close to me was to the win the lottery they would ensure that this building gets finished as they have much love and a strong connection to this building!

Visited September 2013
Thank Dre1976
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Fascinating unfinished house set in beautiful park”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Such an unusual place: Intended to be a Gothic mansion, started in the 1800s and abandoned at its owner's death. Preservation efforts have focused on restoring it to its state at his death, not to finishing the job, so it's a way to see the state of architecture at the time. Lots of interesting material on panels and, even better, related in the tour by our engaging guide, Hazel, who has volunteered at the mansion for 19 years. Save time for the eerie, fascinating bat observatory and to walk around the park. Prepare for a bit of a trek from the park entrance or the car park. And bring layers: It gets cold in the mansion even on warm days.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Carl B
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